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Whinfell Way playground set for £30,000 transformation

PUBLISHED: 13:00 24 March 2016 | UPDATED: 17:14 24 March 2016

Riverview Infant School pupils with Councillor Meade

Riverview Infant School pupils with Councillor Meade

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Pupils at Riverview Infant School have helped to design the new Whinfell Way playground

The playground near Whinfell Way on the Riverview Park estate is to undergo a £30,000 transformation to improve its facilities.

More than £25,000 will be spent on equipment, while an extra £5,000 has been set aside for accessible equipment and an eco/sensory garden.

Year two students at nearby Riverview Infant School have played a key role in the design of the playground and have been working with cabinet member for young people councillor Jordan Meade during the planning stages.

Councillor Meade said: “I am so pleased to be working with the students of Riverview in the redevelopment of this space. For many years, this playground has stood in a poor condition and the children of the area are excited by the refurbishments.”

Lynn Lewis, who teaches at the school, said: “The pupils worked in small groups coming up with ideas about what they would like to see in the playground.

“They drafted the ideas into a plan and Jordan spoke to them about it.

“We wanted to make sure that it was eco-friendly, so lots of children suggested shrubs to go in the garden.

“They were really excited about the fact that they were contributing.”

Work on the park has already begun, with Gravesham Borough Council’s Team Green apprentices and horticulture staff clearing the site in preparation for its revamp.

As a result of the investment from the Young Person’s Champion Fund, three new items of play equipment will be installed and new surfacing will be provided.

The eco garden will be improved and maintained throughout the year by students from Riverview Infants School’s Eco Club and the community.

Councillor Meade added: “This project is about much more than new equipment and I really hope that partnership with the school’s Eco Club will give the students a sense of ownership. I have been thoroughly impressed by the skills, ideas and designs submitted by the Year Two students. They have been vital in the design process and they have already made a number of key changes to our original plans.”

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